Though CBS consistently has the largest audience of the networks, their programming typically skews a little older than they’d like. The shows with the best ratings in the 18-49 demographic tend to bring the best ad rates. It’s for this reason that CBS dumped a number of shows this time around.
The network programmers are also shaking some things up on the schedule. They’ve abandoned the Wednesday night comedy block and are establishing one on Thursday nights. NBC has long had success with sitcoms on that night but the current crop aren’t widespread hits. Knowing that there’s an audience for comedy on Thursdays, CBS is moving The Big Bang Theory and pairing it with the new William Shatner comedy, $#*! My Dad Says. That’s based on a Twitter feed and is spoken as “Bleep My Dad Says.”
Back on on Monday nights, the new Chuck Lorre sitcom, Mike & Molly, is stepping into the post-Two and a Half Men slot. The remake of Hawaii Five-0 follows with the weakened CSI: Miami moving to Sunday nights in the old Cold Case slot. It’ll be interesting to see if that series can handle the football overruns better than other shows have.
On Friday night, Medium has been moved up to 8pm and will precede CSI:NY and a new drama, Blue Bloods. A longtime staple of Thursdays, Survivor has been shifted to Wednesdays. The series is still pretty strong so obviously the network thinks it can withstand a schedule change after so many years.
The still-unnamed Criminal Minds spin-off is planned to debut mid-season.
Is your favorite missing from the new fall schedule? Check out our CBS cancellation & renewal page to see if it’s been cancelled.
What do you think of the new line-up? Do you like any of the schedule moves? Do they fit better or worse with your viewing of shows on other networks?
8:00pm — Crimetime Saturday (repeats)
9:00pm — Crimetime Saturday (repeats)
10:00pm — 48 Hours Mystery